Min Xu

Work place: College of Astronautics Northwestern Polytechnical University Xi’an, P.R China

E-mail: xumin@nwpu.edu.cn


Research Interests: Engineering


Prof. Xu is a doctoral advisor on Flight Vehicle Design at School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’ an, P. R. China. Her research areas include Dynamics and Control and Aeroelasticity etc.

Author Articles
Pattern Formation in Swarming Spacecrafts using Tersoff-Brenner Potential Field

By Zhifeng Zeng Yihua Tang Shilu Chen Min Xu

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijisa.2013.06.01, Pub. Date: 8 May 2013

We present a distributed control strategy that lets a swarm of spacecrafts autonomously form a lattice in orbit around a planet. The system, based on the artificial potential field approach, proposes a novel way to divide the artificial field into two main terms: a global artificial potential field mainly based on the famous C-W equations that gathers the spacecrafts around a predefined meeting point, and a local term exploited the well-known Tersoff-Brenner potential that allows a spacecraft to place itself in the correct position relative to its closest neighbors. Moreover, in order to obtain convergence from all initial distributions of the spacecrafts, a dissipation term depended on the velocity of agent is introduced. The new methodology is demonstrated in the problem of forming a hexagon lattice, the structure unit of graphite. It is shown that a pattern formation can operate around a planet. By slightly changing the scenario our method can be easily applied to shape other configurations, such as a regular tetrahedron (with central point), the structure unit, etc.

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Aerodynamic System Modeling based on Proper Orthogonal Decomposition

By Weigang Yao Min Xu Xiaojuan Wang

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijitcs.2011.05.04, Pub. Date: 8 Nov. 2011

The main goal of present paper is to construct an efficient reduced order model (ROM) for aerodynamic system modeling. Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) is presented to address the problem. First, the snapshots are collected to form the POD kernel, and then Singular Values Decomposition (SVD) is used to obtain POD modes, finally POD-ROM can be constructed by projecting full order aerodynamic system to POD modes subspace. Two problems are addressed: (1) aerodynamic data inverse design; (2) aeroelastic structure active control. For the second problem, POD method with balanced modification is introduced to improve the robustness of original POD method. Results in problem (1) suggest POD method works efficiently not only for interpolation inverse design but also for extrapolation problems. The results in problem (2) demonstrate POD method with balanced modification is efficient and accurate enough for aeroelastic system analysis.

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CFD-based Analysis of Aeroelastic behavior of Supersonic Fins

By Tianxing Cai Min Xu Weigang Yao

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijisa.2011.01.02, Pub. Date: 8 Feb. 2011

The main goal of this paper is to analyze the flutter boundary, transient loads of a supersonic fin, and the flutter with perturbation. Reduced order mode (ROM) based on Volterra Series is presented to calculate the flutter boundary, and CFD/CSD coupling is used to compute the transient aerodynamic load. The Volterra-based ROM is obtained using the derivative of unsteady aerodynamic step-response, and the infinite plate spline is used to perform interpolation of physical quantities between the fluid and the structural grids. The results show that inertia force plays a significant role in the transient loads, the moment cause by inertia force is lager than the aerodynamic force, because of the huge transient loads, structure may be broken by aeroelasticity below the flutter dynamic pressure. Perturbations of aircraft affect the aeroelastic response evident, the reduction of flutter dynamic pressure by rolling perturbation form 15.4% to 18.6% when Mach from 2.0 to 3.0. It is necessary to analyze the aeroelasticity behaviors under the compositive force environment.

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